Having just begun hormone replacement therapy, her artistic practice is dedicated to confronting personal issues of gender identity and to lesser degrees that of her own race and sexuality. With the hope of reestablishing a relationship with her estranged sister, she is dedicating the upcoming show to her as a means of explaining and apologizing for her decade long emotional absence.
I was never there for you growing up. Did I skip your high school graduation? I think I did because I have no recollection of it and in place of a memory I have this deep seated guilt.
I was so wrapped up in my own life that every couple of years I would look up during dinner at the dining room table and wonder where my little sister went. I caught small glimpses of your life from afar and I regret having not joined in to be a part of those moments.
It's going to take time to find my step n' groove in being your older sibling. I'm going to be awkward and stressed in the process but I promise to never leave your side again. I'm not the most dependable person but I promise to try my best because I want to be a part of the accomplishments you achieve and be there for the struggles. I'm proud of you for having graduated and more importantly for having grown into such a wonderfully caring and compassionate person, I look up to you and recently feeling as if our ages were reversed and I'm following behind you, looking at your back as you stride forward.
Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.